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Mississippi River Dries Up As Food Prices Surge

 
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The worst drought in more than 50 years is having a devastating impact on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi has become very thin and very narrow, and if it keeps on dropping there is a very real possibility that all river traffic could get shut down. And considering the fact that approximately 60 percent of our grain (NYSEARCA:JJG), 22 percent of our oil (NYSEARCA:USO) and natural gas (NYSEARCA:UNG), and and one-fifth of our coal travel down the Mississippi River, that would be absolutely crippling for our economy. It has been estimated that if all Mississippi River traffic was stopped that it would cost the U.S. economy 300 million dollars a day. So far most of the media coverage of this historic drought has focused on the impact that it is having on farmers and ranchers, but the health of the Mississippi River is also absolutely crucial to the economic success of this nation, and right now the Mississippi is in incredibly bad shape. In some areas the river is already 20 feet below normal and the water is expected to continue to drop. If we have another 12 months of weather ahead of us similar to what we have seen over the last 12 months then the mighty Mississippi is going to be a complete and total disaster zone by this time next year.

Most Americans simply do not understand how vitally important the Mississippi River is to all of us. If the Mississippi River continues drying up to the point where commercial travel is no longer possible, it would be an absolutely devastating blow to the U.S. economy.

Unfortunately, vast stretches of the Mississippi are already dangerously low. The following is an excerpt from a transcript of a CNN report that aired on August 14th....
You might think this is some kind of desert just outside of Memphis. It's not. I'm actually standing on the exposed bottom of the Mississippi River. That's how dramatic the drought impact is being felt here. Hard to believe, a year ago we were talking about record flooding. Now, they are worried about a new kind of record: a record low. The river was three miles wide here, it's now down to three tenths of a mile. And that's causing all kinds of problems. There are some benefits, I mean, take a look over here: new beach front. In fact, some quip that now the Mississippi River has more beaches than the entire state of Florida, which would be funny if it didn't have an impact on trade.

A lot of stuff we use goes up and down the Mississippi River. We are talking steel, coal, ore, grain. The problem is now a lot of those barges have had to lighten their loads, and even doing that, they are still running aground. There is a real fear that there could be a possibility of closing the Mississippi River. If that happens, well, all that product that used to be carried cheaply by barge is now going to be carried more expensively by truck or train. And guess who is going to pay for all of that.
You can see video footage of what is happening along the Mississippi right here.

It really is amazing that last year we were talking about historic flooding along the Mississippi and this year we are talking about the Mississippi possibly drying up.

As I mentioned earlier, there are some areas along the river that are already 20 feet below normal levels. The following is from a recent article posted on inquisitr.com....

Just outside of Memphis the river is 13 feet below normal depth while the National Weather Service says Vicksburg, Mississippi is 20 feet below normal levels. Overall the Mississippi is 13 feet below normal averages for this time of year.

The drying up river is forcing barge, tugboat and towboat operators to navigate narrower and more shallow spots in the river, slowing their speeds as they pass dangerously close to one another. In some parts of the Mississippi the river is so narrow that one-way traffic is being utilized.
A lot of barges have been forced to go with greatly reduced loads so that they will sit higher in the river, and other commercial craft have been forced to stop operating completely.





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Own the water and the air and you can install global Marxism.
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11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed

[link to news.yahoo.com]
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Its dried up? THen what river did i drive by earlier?
Don't blame the puppet in the white house, blame the system he came up in.

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Its dried up? THen what river did i drive by earlier?
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The river is spread out. The river must be dredged so that all the water flows through a central channel.
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good thread, another artcle: [link to etfdailynews.com]
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11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed

[link to news.yahoo.com]
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Not good.
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food prices are already bad. What used to be a 150.00 grocery bill is now 200+; If we make it to next year @ this time it will be much, much worse


efoods direct food is pretty darn good for when the SHTF
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Just fished the Mississippi, just off of Cordova, IL. The water levels were fine, and didn't look to much lower. We have been getting a lot of rain up this way and the river flows south, so if were good up here the water levels will be fine down south to, in time.
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this should include

fox river
rock river
des plaines river
Illinois river
etc
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TLDR
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Own the water and the air and you can install global Marxism.
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Aren't They Doing It?

Probably Monsanto's OGM will be the only one leader selling sterile seeds.
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typical narrow-minded self centered response ... like the bridge you drove over spans the entire Missippi River ...

we have a drought here in Colorado, bail of hay is 20 bucks, if you can find one ... so dry that the cactus in my fields are dying ... and we aren't even the ones hit the hardest

WAKE UP and expand your perspectives
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Here is a good timeless read on the river.

[link to www.gutenberg.org]
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wait for the edgar cayce prediction with the Mississippi flooding through with the great lakes flowing down and the Louisiana sinkhole to emerge and flow water through the madrid, have some patience for that whole area will reach flood water potential. We may have a drought now but i have a feeling with the prediction we might be seeing tons of water flowing along that direction. Hence rumors of emergency evacs along LA among the sinkhole.
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Just fished the Mississippi, just off of Cordova, IL. The water levels were fine, and didn't look to much lower. We have been getting a lot of rain up this way and the river flows south, so if were good up here the water levels will be fine down south to, in time.
 Quoting: Brutus Beefcake


You're retarded.

Oh it's fine on this little part here of this 2000 mile long river, shouldn't be problems anywhere else!

Read the damn articles and look at the damn pictures numb nuts!
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Just fished the Mississippi, just off of Cordova, IL. The water levels were fine, and didn't look to much lower. We have been getting a lot of rain up this way and the river flows south, so if were good up here the water levels will be fine down south to, in time.
 Quoting: Brutus Beefcake


You're retarded.

Oh it's fine on this little part here of this 2000 mile long river, shouldn't be problems anywhere else!

Read the damn articles and look at the damn pictures numb nuts!
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I don't need to look at the pictures, I was on the river. I seen the river flood over the years and at times it has been a lot lower then it is right now. River traffic has never completely stopped the entire length of the river, and never will. It will just take rainfall, and it has been raining up north finally, it will move south.

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I am an herbalist and wildcrafter in Slat Lake City. We have the advantage of our front range mtns squeezing quite a bit of moisture out of the air so things are not as bad as farther East. Nonetheless, I have made some near disastrous observations. Last Winter did not get cold enough to properly stratify the seeds of many species. Fewer viable seeds in the ground, coupled with reduced runoff from our low snow totals meant that many stands of plants barely remained the same size this year. Over the Summer, very little rain fell, killing most of the first year plants as well as larger perennials. Root digging season is nearly here, but most of the stands I steward and collect from cannot support the loss of even a few plants. I doubt I will be able to take enough to last my family a year, let alone my clinical practice and online store. This is bad. Even larger, riparian trees, like birch and alder, are shriveling up. The trees find themselves too far from the water to survive. Even the plants that move to wetter parts of the meadow are dying (yes, plants do this. Look up skunk cabbage). I worry for my finances as well as the plants. I guess I will have to look for another line of work, but that isn't looking promising either. I have a family of five to support, and my wife ha been too ill to get out of bed for the last six months. I hope Winter brings some relief, but it doesn't look good...
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many rivers and ponds are drying up




Bitter waters wrought by negligence and WeAthEr wars





fluid environment, dynamics are abnormal



even altitude of clouds or thunderheads is close to earth....then disperses



that is manmade



they dump all night long...watching it for over 5 decades...

even farmers know it and speak about it
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The bad weather is being created by the PTB so they can blame rising food prices on it, just like war in the mideast will be what rising oil prices is blamed on.
In order to divert the attention from the real blame,
printing worthless money
You can ignore the consequences of
your actions, but you cannot ignore
the RESULTS of the consequences of your actions

Ayn Rand
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"they" can create more money as "they" see fit. The whole depression thing along with drought and war are all set up to get everyone angry then disposed of. We currently have 7 billion people on this earth, the orders by "they" are to reduce that number and to make resources more adequate instead of in an anemic amount. Hence all the changes and now we will have a global shift in a couple months with tons of earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunami's, famines, out of control violence and pestilence.
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THE BIG MUDDY RISES- THE BIG MUDDY FALLS...

That's why the Tenn-Tom Waterway was built.
I'll bet ya never heard of that until right now, eh?
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Well it happened 50 years ago and you all survived. What is the big deal?
If records showed that it is worse than it was say 5000 years ago then there is room for worry. As it stands , all you have to do is go back 50 years and see what happened next. Its not too far to travel. plenty of records available.

I get pissed when they come up with shit like "its the worse since 1962". lol
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Hank Williams warned us about this in his song---
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A drought on her waters! They will dry up. For it is a land of idols, idols that will go mad with terror. Jeremiah 50:38
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And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12
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And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12
 Quoting: APOLLO ILLUMINIST


So we can insert this quote in everytime there is a drought or low water levels at any body of water anywhere in the world?
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And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Revelation 16:12
 Quoting: APOLLO ILLUMINIST


So we can insert this quote in everytime there is a drought or low water levels at any body of water anywhere in the world?
 Quoting: Brutus Beefcake


Yes, hang on, I have many more..

We are most likely in the seven year tribulation window if prophecies are correct. It will just get worse for 7 more years until world war III breaks out in 2020-2024
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Isaiah 44:27...... who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,'
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Jeremiah 51:36

Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "See, I will defend your cause and avenge you; I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry


.Revelation 7:2

Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea:
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Isaiah 44:27...... who says to the watery deep, 'Be dry, and I will dry up your streams,'
 Quoting: APOLLO ILLUMINIST


SO your saying that since the pool in my backyard water level is a little low, World War 3 will happen in 2020. I better throw a hose in that thing quick.